‘Helluva’ good time
Around the same time that the Towson football game reached half time Saturday night, a group of students walked down to Paws, where Helluva Music Night was providing an alternate form of entertainment.
“Last night was a great inaugural event. The turnout was awesome and it was clear that people were enjoying themselves,” Kellen McKay, senior and host of Helluva Music Night, said.
The night was made up of TU students performing covers of old and new hits, others were telling jokes and some just showed their music ability through their instruments.
“I was happy to have such a wide variety of performances for the event to showcase as much talent as possible. This was my first time coordinating an event,” McKay said.
Several of the students who performed were exchange students from Germany and Cuba. In the music department, there was an international exchange project called “Love Through Time,” where schools from Germany and Cuba could connect with Towson students and perform with each other in a huge concert.
“It’s a concert centering around love and time, so basically the entire concert ranges from classical music to hip hop, to what’s hot in the radio right now, basically everything. The concert was from Friday to Sunday,” Montel Butler, a senior, said.
McKay, Butler and other students from the musical department had the opportunity to go to Germany in May to rehearse and perform the project. On one of their free nights, a similar event to Helluva Music Night occurred and that’s where McKay got the idea.
“On one of our free nights, [the Germans] had a ‘Vorspielabend,’ which was essentially an open-mic/music night. There were over 200 people there and they have them about twice a year. It was an incredible experience and I wanted to try to replicate the event here,” McKay said.
One of the main performances from the night was McKay’s own band, Stacked Like Pancakes.
Unlike other bands, they use more instruments such as trombones and a trumpet other than the usual guitars, drums and bass.
“I started Stacked Like Pancakes during my freshman year of high school. I had a love for ska music in high school and was hungry to write and perform it myself. I found a group of people and things started kicking,” McKay said.
Junior Shannah Cumberbatch was one of the students who got to experience the first Helluva Music Night.
“Last night was great,” she said. “I came here during halftime to support a friend of mine who performed, but I ended up staying the whole night and I don’t regret it one bit.”